The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has updated to 194 the total number of West Nile virus cases for the year that ended Dec. 31.
In addition, the state health department determined that nine people have died from West Nile virus and one person succumbed to Eastern Equine encephalitis in 2006.
Eastern Equine encephalitis, and West Nile virus spread to humans through mosquito bites. The majority of people who get these diseases experience either no illness or merely an infection similar to a mild flu with fever, headache and fatigue. In other words, they survive.
To avoid West Nile virus, apply mosquito repellent, wear long sleeves and long pants and avoid wearing perfumes or colognes when outside for prolonged periods of time.